Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate

Christians find themselves torn between the desire to uphold laws and the call to minister to the vulnerable. In this book world relief immigration experts Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. Academy of parish clergy - 2018 Top Ten ListImmigration is one of the most complicated issues of our time.

With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and misconceptions about immigration and show the limitations of the current immigration system. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants' experiences in and out of the system. Ultimately they point toward immigration reform that is compassionate, sensible, and just as they offer concrete ways for you and your church to welcome and minister to your immigrant neighbors.

This revised edition includes new material on refugees and updates in light of changes in political realities. Voices on all sides argue strongly for action and change.

Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis

Recipient of christianity today's award of merit in politics and public life, a global organization serving refugees, 2016--What will rule our hearts: fear or compassion?We can’t ignore the refugee crisis—arguably the greatest geo-political issue of our time—but how do we even begin to respond to something so massive and complex?In Seeking Refuge, offer a practical, well-rounded, three experts from World Relief, well-researched guide to the issue.

Who are refugees and other displaced peoples?what are the real risks and benefits of receiving them?How do we balance compassion and security?Drawing from history, and their own unique Christian worldview, psychology, many personal stories, public policy, the authors offer a nuanced and compelling portrayal of the plight of refugees and the extraordinary opportunity we have to love our neighbors as ourselves.


Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible

In this accessible book, an internationally recognized immigration expert helps readers think biblically about this divisive issue, offering accessible, nuanced, and sympathetic guidance for the church. As both a guatemalan and an american, the author is able to empathize with both sides of the struggle and argues that each side has much to learn.

This updated and revised edition reflects changes from the past five years, responds to criticisms of the first edition, and expands sections that have raised questions for readers. It includes a foreword by Samuel Rodríguez and an afterword by Ronald Sider. This timely, clear, and compassionate resource will benefit all Christians who are thinking through the immigration issue.

Immigration is one of the most pressing issues on the national agenda.

The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong

Jesus. Here is a riveting story of seeking safety in another land. In the midst of language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate, Gonzalez encounters Christ through a campus ministry program and begins to follow him.  . Ruth. Abraham, joseph, hagar, Ruth: these intrepid heroes of the faith cross borders and seek refuge.

Find the power of jesus, a refugee Savior who calls us to become citizens in a country not of this world. In the god who sees, immigration advocate karen Gonzalez recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of south Florida. Joseph.

Find resources for welcoming immigrants in your community and speaking out about an outdated immigration system. Here, too, is the sweeping epic of immigrants and refugees in Scripture. Here is a gripping journey of loss, alienation, and belonging. As witnesses to god’s liberating power, they name the God they see at work, and they become grafted onto God’s family tree.

Meet people who have fled their homelands. Hagar.

Immigrant Neighbors among Us: Immigration across Theological Traditions

Representative theologians from roman catholic, systematic frameworks, Pentecostal, historical events, Methodist/Wesleyan, Reformed, law, ethical principles, and Independent Evangelical church families show how biblical narratives, Lutheran, and models of ministry shape their traditions' perspectives on immigrant neighbors, and reform.

Highly recommended for those seeking a serious, informed, and more sensible understanding of immigration. Orlando O. A superb collection of chapters addressing immigration from the theological, ethical, and pastoral perspectives of most of the main ecclesial traditions present among U. S. Is associate professor of Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary, St.

Phan, ignacio ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown UniversityM. Each chapter provides questions for dialogue. Louis, missouri, where he holds the Werner R. H. How do different christian denominations in the United States approach immigration issues? In Immigrant Neighbors among Us, U. S. Daniel Carroll R.

Migrations of the Holy: God, State, and the Political Meaning of the Church

When nationality becomes the primary source of identity and belonging, he warns, the language of nationalism becomes a liturgy, the state becomes the god and idol of its own religion, and devotees willingly sacrifice their lives to serve and defend their country. But william cavanaugh argues that religious fervor never left -- it has only migrated toward a new object of worship.

In these chapters cavanaugh cautions readers to be wary of a rigid separation of religion and politics that boxes in the church and sends citizens instead to the state for hope, comfort, and salvation as they navigate the risks and pains of mortal life. Cavanaugh urges christians to resist this form of idolatry, to unthink the inevitability of the nation-state and its dreary party politics, to embrace radical forms of political pluralism that privilege local communities -- and to cling to an incarnational theology that weaves itself seamlessly and tangibly into all aspects of daily life and culture.

In migrations of the holy he examines the disconcerting modern transfer of sacred devotion from the church to the nation-state. Whether one thinks that "religion" continues to fade or has made a comeback in the contemporary world, there is a common notion that "religion" went away somewhere, at least in the West.

Read more about the book in a blog post by Cavanaugh on EerdWord.

The Borders of Baptism: Identities, Allegiances, and the Church Theopolitical Visions Book 11

Budde's vision of ecclesial solidarity is stunning, moving the discussion beyond platitudes and slogans to both argue for and display the practices necessary for Christians who wish to take seriously their baptismal commitment. John berkmanlupina centre for spirituality, healthcare and ethics"what would it look like if Christians took their baptisms and baptismal vows seriously, class, national identity, not just in so-called 'spiritual' matters, race, but in every aspect of life? With his usual wit and clarity Michael Budde shows us some of the ways that baptism intersects with issues of immigration, and globalization.

Budde is professor of political science and catholic Studies at DePaul University, where he is also Senior Research Scholar in the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. He is the author of numerous books on ecclesiology and society, including Christianity Incorporated. For those who proclaim jesus as Lord, this identity should supersede all others, and this loyalty should trump all lesser ones.

It invites readers to see what it might mean to be members of a community broader than the largest nation-state; more pluralistic than any culture in the world; more deeply rooted in the lives of the poor and marginalized than any revolutionary movement; and more capable of exemplifying the notion of ;e pluribus unum' than any empire past, present, or future.

Contemporary catholic and Protestant ethics are rather divided on the significance of the renewed focus on Christian identity in theology. It's a simple claim, really - that for Christians, "being a Christian" should be their primary allegiance and identity. A must read for those who take ecclesial solidarity and discipleship as their defining loyalty.

Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World

Who happened to be undocumented. She was also blissfully unaware of the real situations facing today's immigrants. In love undocumented, Quezada takes readers on a journey deep into the world of the U. S. Get to know the god of the Bible, whose love and grace cross all borders. Until she met someone new. Immigration system.

With wisdom from scripture, research, and these experiences, Quezada explores God’s call to welcome the stranger and invites Christians to consider how to live faithfully in the world of closed doors and high fences. Is it possible to abandon fear and cultivate authentic relationships with new arrivals?What if hospitality to immigrant and refugee neighbors puts us at personal risk?How can churches create safe spaces for those living at the precarious edge of our society?With Quezada as your guide, discover a subversive Savior who never knew a stranger.

. Respond to an invitation to turn away from fear and enter a bigger story. Free downloadable study guide available here. That builds a compelling case for Christians to welcome immigrants.

You Welcomed Me: Loving Refugees and Immigrants Because God First Loved Us

Are we for them or against them?"Kent Annan was talking with his eight-year-old son about the immigrant and refugee crises around the world. Wait, Dad. How we answer it, community, Annan says, will reveal a lot about what kind of family, or country we want to be. In you welcomed me, annan explores how fear and misunderstanding often motivate our responses to people in need, and invites us instead into stories of welcome―stories that lead us to see the current refugee and immigrant crisis in a new light.

His son's question, innocent enough in the moment, is writ large across our society today. He lays out simple practices for a way forward: confessing what separates us, listening well, not patronizing, and partnering with, those in need. His stories draw us in, and his practices send us out prepared to cross social and cultural divides.

In this wise, practical book, annan invites us to answer his son's question with confident conviction: "We're for them"―and to explore with him the life-giving implications of that answer.

Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration

The authors also show how the new policies unleashed a host of unintended consequences: a shift away from seasonal, circular migration toward permanent settlement; the creation of a black market for Mexican labor; the transformation of Mexican immigration from a regional phenomenon into a broad social movement touching every region of the country; and even the lowering of wages for legal U.

S. But rather than include labor in this new regime, the United States continues to resist the integration of the labor markets of the two countries. Beyond smoke and mirrors examines the devastating impact of these immigration policies on the social and economic fabric of the Mexico and the United States, and calls for a sweeping reform of the current system.

Rather than denying the reality of labor migration, minimize costs and disruptions for the United States, the authors recommend regularizing it and working to manage it so as to promote economic development in Mexico, and maximize benefits for all concerned. Beyond smoke and Mirrors shows how U. S. Migration between mexico and the United States is part of a historical process of increasing North American integration.

What had been a relatively open and benign labor process before 1986 was transformed into an exploitative underground system of labor coercion, one that lowered wages and working conditions of undocumented migrants, legal immigrants, and American citizens alike. Policy on mexican immigration evolved to its current dysfunctional state, as well as how it might be fixed.


God and the Illegal Alien: United States Immigration Law and a Theology of Politics Law and Christianity

Today in the united states, millions of men, women, and children are considered 'illegal aliens' under federal law. This is a thought-provoking book that provides a fresh response to the difficult issue of illegal immigration in the United States through the context of Christian theology. This book asks where migrants stand within God's world and how authorities can govern immigration with Christian ethics.

. The author tracks the emergence of the concept of the illegal alien in federal US law while exploring Christian ways of understanding belonging, government, and relationships with neighbors. While the presence of these migrants runs against the law, many arrive in response to US demand for cheap labor and stay to contribute to community life.